McDonald’s Origin Story May Soon Hit the Silver Screen
There are murmurs of late that a new film that will depict McDonald’s origin story may be in the works. It is reported that John Lee Hancock, who directed other based-on-a-true-story films like the Blind Side and Saving Mr. Banks, may end up being the director.
The film is slated to be called The Founder and to present the story of how Ray Kroc turned a small burger joint into a massive fast-food empire. Kroc bought the McDonald’s franchise from two south California businessmen back in 1961 and then proceeded to expand it.
Competition and speculation has already begun as to who will play Mr. Kroc in the film. Michael Keaton is said to be seeking the role, but no one has yet been assigned. The script is being written by Robert Siegel. The Combine and FilmNation are set to act as the producers.
The film will be a nostalgic, serious-toned presentation of how McDonald’s began, but it will not be 100 percent historically accurate. Thus, as close to the facts as it may come, it is actually in the “historical fiction” genre.
There is little doubt that this film will be popular, for the millions of people in the U.S. who regularly eat at McDonald’s will likely be quite interested in seeing how it is that the chain first got started.